Mark Wilson claims 30-goal Charlie Wyke is on Celtic radar
Mark Wilson has claimed that Celtic are monitoring the contractual situation of Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke.
With the Champions League qualifiers set to commence in July, the Hoops will need to recruit personnel sooner rather than later. Positionally, the striking position may become an area of particular concern due to anticipated depletion. Odsonne Edouard is set to depart in the face of interest from Arsenal and Leicester [Telegraph].
Patryk Klimala has already sealed a move to New York Red Bulls, whilst Leigh Griffiths has been linked to Aberdeen and Hibernian [SunSport]. Potentially, this could leave only Albian Ajeti as part of the strike force.
Wilson believes that Celtic are well the hunt for the poacher who’s deal expires this summer [Transfermarkt]. Reported by the Celtic Huddle Podcast today, the former Hoops man made the following comments:
“It’s understood that Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke is on a list of potential summer signings”
“Looking into him, he’s scored 30 goals this season in League One. He’s 28-years-old and he’s available on a free transfer.”
Wyke is evidently a goal-scorer; would he be a success at Celtic?
In sparkling form this campaign, the 28-year-old has registered 30 goals for the season in all competitions [NewsChain]. Given his age, any approach for the Englishman may be unusual due to his lack of sell-on value.
Despite this, there has been a shortage of target men for the Hoops in recent times. Wyke thrives at getting on the end of crosses and excels in aerial duels, winning an average of 4.6 per game [WhoScored]. Interestingly, this report could signify that Celtic are looking add a different dimension to their attack to help unlock defences.
Plying his trade alongside ex-Celt Aiden McGeady, there seems little doubt that Wyke could be an asset for Celtic. As seen with previous targets from the English third-tier such as Ivan Toney, it is a league that contains an abundance of hidden gems.
Sanctioning any deal may need to happen swiftly however, as Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Millwall and Middlesbrough have all been attracted to his availability [Nottinghamshire Live].